The Son of the House: Relationships, Gender, and Changing Traditions - Dundurn

The Son of the House: Relationships, Gender, and Changing Traditions


Contemporary African Voices aims to amplify African literary voices and to educate by introducing stories deeply rooted in Africa written by Africans. We come to know a country by reading its writers.

Travelling to Lagos virtually, Ismaila Alfa - the host - will welcome Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, for the launch in Canada of her debut novel, The Son of the House. Ismaila will engage Dr. Onyemelukwe-Onuobia in conversation as they explore these contemporary issues in Nigerian society and how the author embedded these themes in her work. The culture and traditions of the Igbo people of south and south-eastern Nigeria will be highlighted in their discussion, with a Q & A period to follow. The event is facilitated in collaboration with the Grandmothers Campaign supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 


About the book:

WINNER of the Best International Fiction Book Award, Sharjah International Book Fair 2019

The lives of two Nigerian women divided by class and social inequality intersect when they're kidnapped, held captive, and forced to await their fate together.

In the Nigerian city of Enugu, young Nwabulu, a housemaid since the age of ten, dreams of becoming a typist as she endures her employers’ endless chores. She is tall and beautiful and in love with a rich man’s son. Educated and privileged, Julie is a modern woman. Living on her own, she is happy to collect the gold jewellery lovestruck Eugene brings her, but has no intention of becoming his second wife. When a kidnapping forces Nwabulu and Julie into a dank room years later, the two women relate the stories of their lives as they await their fate.

Pulsing with vitality and intense human drama, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut is set against four decades of vibrant Nigeria, celebrating the resilience of women as they navigate and transform what remains a man’s world.